Trigger warning: The first story in this post deals with a case of child abuse.
1. Foster parents charged after 11-yo was ‘hog-tied and stuffed in a suitcase for a month’.
3 boys hogtied, duct taped, starved by foster parents, charges allege https://t.co/h0fLGqUFUz
— Deseret News (@DeseretNews) March 28, 2017
A Utah husband and wife have been arrested and charged with with three counts of child abuse each, Deseret News reports.
Matthew Earl Waldmiller, 40, and his 41-year-old wife Diane Seifert Waldmiller have been licensed to provide foster care since 2013, but police began investigations after the Utah Division of Child and Family Services contacted them with a neglect complaint.
Investigators found the couple’s three sons – aged between 7 and 11 – had been locked in a bedroom for up to 13 hours at a time.
They also found twin mattresses, without bedding, on the bedroom floor. There was no light bulb in the room’s light fixture, and the only window was painted black and screwed shut.
In the charging documents, investigators allege Matthew and Diane had permanently locked the window after the boys “escaped to go dumpster diving at a nearby school for food”.
Two of the boys had marks indicating they had been bound with zip ties, and evidence their eyes and mouths had been covered with duct tape.
The oldest of the boys disclosed that he had been “stuffed in a suitcase for a month” and that he and his brothers were given “night pills” to sleep.
“He stated he is not allowed to drink after 6pm. He further described that he was zip tied in a ‘hog-tie’ style and put in a suitcase for a month period of time,” investigators wrote in the charges.